Sub set for scrap heap
Oberon Class submarine, Orion, rests alongside at HMAS Stirling.
Tenders close on August 6 for her disposal.
Photo: ABPH Jarrad Oliffe
Suppose you could call the Oberon class submarine Orion Orphan
Annie - nobody wants her.
The 2070 tonne submarine, laid up for years at HMAS Stirling since
she was decommissioned, is set for the scrap heap.
In September, 2003, the Defence Minister, Senator Robert Hill, approved
her disposal as scrap, after writing to all State premiers asking
them would they like her for a dive site or display.
All premiers declined the offer, although the search and attack
periscopes have been purchased by the West
Australian Maritime Museum and the sonar dome and conning tower
will be removed.
As the only remaining option now is scrap, a tender has been released
for her disposal.
Tenders close on August 6.
If all goes to plan, she will be physically removed and cut
up by Christmas, Mr Michael Epps, director of Defences
Marketing and Disposal Agency, told Navy News.
Orion was one of six Oberon class submarines which served in the
The 89 metre long submarines carried a ships company of 64.
They have been replaced by the Collins class vessels.
Orion is just one of the Defence assets Michael Epps and his team
have for sale, once the Minister has approved their respective disposal
We have some former RAAF Macchi jets, HS748 transports and
some Orion aircraft, he said.
Further along we will have the Fremantle class patrol boats
and there has already been some interest expressed by the public
in obtaining these for dive sites and general memorabilia.
The media interest generated in HMAS Brisbane as a dive site
has seen the creation of a number of Artificial Reef Committees
lobbying the Minister for decommissioned naval vessels, he